Department of Mechanical Engineering （中文版, CV/resume）
Patricia Soh-Khim ONG
(Thesis advisor: Prof Andrew YC Nee)
Fellow of CIRP, International Academy for Production Engineering
Fourth female elected fellow of the Academy
2004 M Eugene Merchant Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award
2004 Singapore Youth Award, Science & Technology Category
2006 The Outstanding Young Person of Singapore Award, Science & Technology Category
2009 SWE Emerging Leaders Award in Academia
2013 Singapore Youth Award, Medal of Commendation
(First Female Medal of Commendation Recipient)
Associate Professor of Manufacturing Engineering, Research on Augmented Reality, Assistive Technology, UN Women Singapore STEM Ambassador, MOE COMPACT Pathfinder, STEM Educator/Public Speaker.
S.K. Ong is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In November 2003, she was selected to receive the 2004 M. Eugene Merchant Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, where she is the 1st ASEAN female to have received this award since the award was 1st established. She is also a recipient of the 2004 Singapore Youth Award for the Science & Technology Category. In 2005, she was elected an Associate Member of CIRP, The International Academy for Production Engineering, one of the most exclusive associations for manufacturing researchers in the world, she is the first female person in the Asia Pacific region to be elected. In August 2012, she is elected a Fellow of CIRP, where she is the first from the Asia region and the 4th female fellow in the world to be elected. In March 2006, she was awarded The Outstanding Young Person of Singapore Award for the Science & Technology Category. She was awarded the 2009 Emerging Leaders Award in Academia by the US Society for Women Engineers and she is the first Singaporean to have received this award since the award was established. In 2013, she was awarded the Singapore Youth Award Medal of Commendation for her attaining significantly higher levels of achievements and contributions to society after the conferment of her SYA Award in 2004.
She served as the staff advisor to the Faculty's Students Engineering Club, chairperson for the Faculty Students' Color Award Committee, as well as chairperson of the Student Self-Development Advisory Committee for more than 10 years until 2006. She has served as a member of the NUS University Senate Delegacy from April 2005 to June 2006, 1 July to 30 June 2011, 1 July 2011 to 30 Jun 2013, and July 2014 to June 2016 . She is currently serving as a member of the NUS Senate Delegacy from June 2016 to June 2018. She served on the NUS Board of Disciplinary from 1 July 2011 - 30 Jun 2013 and July 2015 - 30 June 2017. She is currently a Faculty Member of the NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Engineering.
She was appointed by Singapore President SR Nathan to serve as a Nominated Member of the Singapore Parliament for a term of 2 ½ years from 2nd January 2005. She served as NMP from 2nd January 2005 to 19th April 2006. She was the only NMP in the last batch of 9 NMPs to have raised an adjournment motion in the Parliament. The topic of her motion was Singapore’s National Research and Development Strategic Thrusts. She was a Resource Panel Member of the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, Resource Panel for advising Women’s Workgroups on Women and Leadership, Work, Life Skills and Socio-Community Development, and a member of the Assistive Technology Workgroup, Singapore Society for Physically Disabled.
She is an Asia Society Asia 21 Young Leader. In 2006, S.K. Ong was elected to join a new generation of leaders representing a broad range of disciplines and 23 countries from across the Asia-Pacific region and the U.S.
She is currently an ambassador for STEM programme for the UN Women Singapore Women Committee, from January 2014.
She is a pioneer Pathfinder for the Singapore Ministry of Education's Programme on Community of Pathfinders in Action (COMPACT), from September 2015.
Honours and Awards
National University of Singapore Postgraduate Scholarship, 1992
Teaching Commendation Award for Excellence in Teaching, NUS, 1999/2000
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship, 2000
Best Paper Award, September 2002: A Distributed Feature-based Environment for Collaborative Design, W.D. Li, Y.Q. Lu, H. Zhou, S.K. Ong, A.Y.C. Nee, J.Y.H. Fuh and Y.S. Wong, 2002, Proceedings of the 6th World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, SCI2002, 14-18 July 2002, Orlando, USA, 69 - 74.
IJPR Norman Dudley Award, September 2003: Hybrid Genetic Algorithm and Simulated Annealing Approach for the Optimisation of Process Plans for Prismatic Parts, W.D. Li, S.K. Ong, A.Y.C. Nee, 2002, International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 40, No. 8, 1899 -- 1922. First team recipient in the Asia-Pacific region. (Certificate)
2004 M. Eugene Merchant SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, November 2003. First ASEAN female recipient of this award since the award was first established. (more information; a few photographs of the ceremony; citation read by Professor Marvin DeVries; Singapore LianHeZaoBao newsclip on 25th December 2003; newsclip on Global Network for Chinese Professionals, www.networkchinese.com)
2004 Singapore Youth Award, Science & Technology Category, Singapore National Youth Council. First female faculty in the Faculty of Engineering at NUS to have received this award. (more information; a few photographs of the ceremony; citation). Only female technology recipient since the award was initiated.
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship, 2004
IES Publication Awards (Student Category), December 2004, C.C. Ng, S.K. Ong and A.Y.C. Nee, Development and Performance Verification of a Stewart Platform, IES Journal, The Institution of Engineers, Singapore.
10th Natural Science Outstanding Paper Award, December 2004, An Internet-Enabled Image- and Model-Based Virtual Machining System, Y.B. Luo, S.K. Ong, D.F. Chen and A.Y.C. Nee, 2002, International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 40, No. 10, 2269 -- 2288. This paper won the top honour (best 5 out of 7000) after a complex and rigorous process of review and defence in the Hubei Province Excellent Paper Competition. (Certificate)
Samsung DigitAll HOPE Award, November 2005, A team led by Associate Professor Ong Soh Khim and Professor Andrew Nee has won the Samsung DigitAll Hope 2005 for their project Augmented Reality Assistive Keyboard. They share the prize, a grant of US$500,000 with 11 others from Southeast Asia and Australia. The team has invented a device which marries Assistive and Augmented Reality technologies, to help the elderly and disabled use full computer functions in composing and sending emails, control household appliances, such as television sets and lights. (newsclips)
The Outstanding Young Person of Singapore Award 2006 (Science and Technology Category), Junior Chamber of Commerce, Singapore. The award was presented by MCYS Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan on 29th March 2006. (newsclip)
2009 Emerging Leaders Award in Academia, Society for Women Engineers, US. The award was presented by SWE President on 16 October 2009, Long Beach CA. First Singaporean recipient of this award since the award was first established. (more information from SWE, citation, official press release, pictures)
Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Welfare Foundation (MSIWF) Research Award 2010 Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Welfare Foundation. There are only 4 awards in Singapore in 2010. The team is awarded this award for their research project on an 'Augmented Reality-Enhanced Navigation Assistance System'.
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship, 2011.
Teaching Commendation Award for Excellence in Teaching, NUS, 2000/2011.
Best Paper Award, June 2012, A Framework for Feature-based Product Modeling in a Collaborative Environment, S.K. Ong, L. Yang and A.Y.C. Nee, June 2012, ICFDM2012 10th International Conference on Frontiers of Design and Manufacturing Sciences (ICFDM), ChongQing, China, June 10-12, 2012 (Certificate).
2013 Singapore Youth Award, Medal of Commendation, Singapore National Youth Council. First female faculty in the Faculty of Engineering at NUS to have received this award. Only female MOC recipient since the award was initiated. (citation, NYC Media Release, youtube)
Best Paper Award, March 2016, The 9th International Digital Enterprise Technology Conference, DET2016, 29-31 March 2016, Nanjing, China, for the paper on "Optimal pass planning for robotic welding of large-dimension joints with deep grooves" (Certificate)
Virtual and Augmented Reality Applications in Manufacturing
Augmented Reality Applications in Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation Engineering
Life Cycle Engineering/Assessment
Distributed and Collaborative Manufacturing
Development of Computer-Based Teaching Tools
AR in Manufacturing and Assistive Technology Research, Application of Augmented Reality in Manufacturing and Assistive Technology/Rehabilitation (ARATLab Youtube Channel)
VMS, Development of a Virtual Manufacturing System
DCDM, Distributed and Collaborative Design and Manufacturing
Stewart Platforms Development, Development of a Modular Stewart Platforms
Associate Editor, Editorial Board of Assembly Automation, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, January 2015 - present.
Associate Editor, The Journal of Engineering, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, UK, November 2014 – December 2018.
World Scientific Book Series on "Manufacturing Systems and Technology" - Assistant Editor (more information)
Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (more information)
Member of the Executive Scientific Board of the International Journal on Interactive Design and Manufacturing, Springer (more information)
She has served as an invited reviewer of technical papers for 33 international journals and 75 international conferences, and invited reviewer for book proposals for Springer.
Publications & Citation Details
Authors of 2 high-level monographs, co-editor of 3 books and 2 conference proceedings, 135 published/accepted international journal publications, 17 book chapters, 114 international conference publications
Total Scopus citations to-date > 2413, H-index: 29
Total Google Scholar citation to-date > 4534, H-index: 39
Member of International Technical Committees of more than 75 Major Conferences (list below gives conferences in last few years)
1. Member of
International Scientific Committee, 27th CIRP Design Conference 2017, 10-12
May 2017, Cranfield University, UK
2. Member of International Scientific Committee, 24rd Life Cycle Engineering Conference, 8-10 March, 2017, Kamakura, Japan
3. Member of International Program Committee, 15th ACM International Conference on Virtual Reality Continuum and Its Applications in Industry, ACM SIGGRAPH VRCAI 2016, Beijing, China
4. Member of International Scientific Committee, Fifth International Conference on Through-Life Engineering Services, TESConf2016, 1-2 Nov 2016, Cranfield, UK
5. Member of International Scientific Committee, 3rd CIRP Global Web Conference on "Research and Innovation for Future Production ", CIRPe2016, 4-6 October 2016.
6. Member of International Scientific Committee, International Conference Digital Enterprise Technologies, DET2016, 29-31 March 2016, Nanjing, China.
7. Member of International Program Committee, 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, SDM2016, 4-6 April 2016, Chania, Crete, Greece.
8. Member of International Scientific Committee, 6th CIRP Conference on Assembly Technologies and Systems, CIRP CATS, May 16-17th 2016, Gothenburg, Sweden
9. Member of International Scientific Committee, 23rd Life Cycle Engineering Conference, 22-24 May 2016, Berlin, Germany
10. Member of International Scientific Committee, The 26th CIRP Design Conference - Creative Design of Products and Production Systems, June 15–17, 2016, Stockholm, Sweden
11. Member of International Program Committee, 14th ACM International Conference on Virtual Reality Continuum and Its Applications in Industry, ACM SIGGRAPH VRCAI 2015, October 30th - November 1st, 2015 Kobe Port Island Center, Kobe, Japan
12. Member of International Scientific Committee, The Fourth International Conference on Through-Life Engineering Services, 3-4 November 2015 in Cranfield, UK
13. Member of International Scientific Committee, 4th CIRP Global Web Conference on “Understanding the life cycle implications of manufacturing”, CIRPe2015, 29th September – 1st October 2015.
14. Member of the organising committee, IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, 11-14 August 2015, Singapore.
15. Member of International Scientific Committee, 22th CIRP International Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, LCE 2015, 7-9 April 2015, Sydney, Australia.
16. Member of International Scientific Committee, CIRP 25th Design Conference - Innovative Product Creation, 2-4 March 2015, Technion, Haifa, Israel.
ME5606, Intelligent Systems in Manufacturing
ME5609, Rapid Response Manufacturing
ME3263, Design for Manufacturing and Assembly
ME5611, Sustainable Product Design & Manufacturing
EG2401, Engineering Professionalism (Tutor)
Theses & Projects Supervision
During her term as an NMP from 2nd January 2005 to 19th April 2006, she participated actively in the parliament debates on the President’s Address, the Annual Budget Debates in 2005 and 2006, development of the Integrated Resorts, National Kidney Foundation, and the Committees of Supply debates. She raised issues on and spoke on the Education System in Singapore, Singapore’s R&D landscape, assistance schemes to help men in need, as well as the schemes to help the low wage workers. She raised a total of 87 questions and issues, spoken on 6 Bills, and made 19 speeches, of which 6 speeches were made in Mandarin, during her term and had made good contribution to the debate on policy issues at the national level. The 6 Bills that she spoke on were (1) National Research Fund Bill, (2) Casino Control Bill, (3) National University of Singapore (Corporatisation) Bill, (4) Public Transport Council (Amendment) Bill, (5) Professional Engineers (Amendment) Bill, and (6) Town Councils (Amendment) Bill. She was the only NMP in the last batch of 9 NMPs to have raised an adjournment motion in the Parliament. The topic of her motion was Singapore’s National Research and Development Strategic Thrusts.
Media Reports, Interviews & Youtube
国大王素琴博士获选全球最优秀工程师之一，联合早报2003 年12 月25日
Breaking The Mould, TODAY, 6th January 2005
Working-class Hero, Asia Inc., September 2005
Samsung DigitAll HOPE, Business Times, 7th November 2005
Dare to be Different, NUS Knowledge Enterprise, July 2006
She takes a hands-on approach to engineering, Straits Times, 31 July 2010
Teaching with her heart, NUS Annual Report 2010, page 29
A Women Engineer's Take on Engineering, 30 August 2011
Inspiring Women in Singapore 2012, 9 March 2012
Ong Soh Khim - First Asian CIRP Fellow, NUS Knowledge Enterprise, September/October 2012
Elected CIRP Fellow - Rare Honour for Women in Engineering, NUS FoE Annual Report 2012, page 29
Singapore National Youth Council Youtube Channel, 10 July 2013, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMmFKbi6vZI
938Live Radio, 12 July 2013, 2-3pm
Channel 8 Good Morning Singapore! 15 July 2013
NUS Faculty of Engineering Youtube Channel, 26 December 2013, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBijysnyhXg
She wants to be the source of inspiration to other women, The New Paper, 12 January 2014
National Youth Council Lightbox Display at Raffles Place MRT Station, 7-29 January 2014
Dedicated to Teaching, NUS Alumnus Magazine, April 2014
Science & Technology, Dr Ong Soh Khim, Singapore Women's Weekly, page 54, June 2014
Great Women of Our Time Winner, Dr Ong Soh Khim, Singapore Women's Weekly, page 40, January 2016
Invited Talks and Community Involvement
Invited Speaker for Ang Mo Kio Secondary School Career Conference 2016, 15 January 2016, Title of talk: Engineering Career
Invited Speaker, CHIJ St. Theresa Convent Higher Education Fair, 5 January 2016.
Grand Final Judge, Project Inspire, UN Women Singapore Committee, 13 November 2015.
Judge, Chips@School, Infineon, 28 October 2015.
Invited Speaker for Women in Science, Engineering and Research (WiSER) Summit on 23 Oct 2015, organized by Institute of Engineers Singapore, Track#1 Title: Women in Leadership and Gender Diversity, Track#3 Title: Professional Development for Women Leaders (details).
Invited Panel Speaker for National Youth Council - YOUTHSPEAK x What-If conversations, Title: What if none of us wants to help lead Singapore?, 17 August 2015.
Invited Panel Speaker for UN Women Singapore STEM Programme Girls2Pioneers at Raffles Girls' School, 2 July 2015.
Invited Guest Speaker for Harvard College in Asia Program 14-22 March 2015, Singapore Management University, 19 March 2015, Title of talk: Gender Diversity in Technology.
Invited Speaker for Infineon Singapore - International Women's Day Celebration on Women in Technical Career, 6 March 2015.
Invited Speaker for Ang Mo Kio Secondary School Career Conference 2015, 16 January 2015, Title of talk: Engineering Career.
Invited Speaker for UN Women Singapore STEM Programme Girls2Pioneers Workshop at Raffles Girls' School, 27 October 2014.
Guest of Honour and Panelist for NUS Centre for Future Ready Graduates Panel Discussion - In Conversation with Female Engineers, 16 October 2014 (details)
Speaker for Workshop on Innovative Leadership: Taking Charge of Solutions, as part of 6th PL-National Youth Council Student Leadership Conference 2014, 13 August 2014, Title: Engineering and Leadership (details)
Invited Speaker for Session “Women in Engineering”, National Engineers Day 19 July 2014, organized by Institute of Engineers Singapore, Title: Why are you not an Engineer?
Invited Panel Speaker for International Federation of University Women (IFUW) Policy Seminar Asia, 30 June 2014 Title of talk: Increasing Access to Education for Girls & Women in Asia: Solutions for Success (details)
Invited Panel Speaker for UN Women SG Committee Seminar 27 May 2014, Pioneers of Today, The Female Leaders in STEM, A Panel Discussion on Navigating Opportunities and Challenges Title of talk: Female Leaders in STEM: Challenges and Opportunities, Relevance to Businesses (details)
Invited Panel Speaker for Singapore MasterCard Townhall Session 28 April 2014 on “Women in Technology” Title of talk: Women in Technology
Invited Panel Speaker for UN Women Singapore Committee - Public Launch of Women in STEM Programme Title of talk: Women in STEM, 17 April 2014
Invited Panel Speaker for UN Women Singapore Committee - Private Launch of Women in STEM Programme Title of talk: Women in STEM, 18 March 2014
Singapore Youth Award - SYA-McDonald's Be Inspired Conference 2013 Title: Why are you not a scientist? (Workshop Speaker), 9 November 2013
Invited Speaker for Ang Mo Kio Secondary School Career Conference 2013, 18 January 2013, Title of talk: Engineering
Invited Speaker for Ang Mo Kio Secondary School Career Conference 2012, 18 January 2012, Title of talk: Engineering
Invited Speaker for Ang Mo Kio Secondary School Career Conference 2011, 21 January 2011, Title of talk: Engineering
Invited Speaker for ASME Student Section Design Competition 2012, 20 March 2012, Title of talk: Engineering
Invited Speaker for Ang Mo Kio Secondary School Career Conference 2010, 15 January 2010, Title of talk: Engineering
Guest of Honour for Ang Mo Kio Secondary School 30th Anniversary Awards Night 2009, 20 November 2009
Inaugural Living Business Seminar on Corporate Social Responsibility organised by HSBC Bank Title of Seminar 24 November 2005: CSR for SMEs - Building Sustainable Businesses Title of Talk: Trends and Practices in Environmentally Sustainable Manufacturing
"What is essential and important is invisible to the eyes. Use your heart to see, to hear, to think, to judge."
Singapore Youth Award Medal of Commendation 2013 - Citation Quote
"When I really want to achieve something, I'll go after it. I will work doubly or even triply hard and never give up, as there is always another way to achieve the objectives."
Singapore Youth Award 2004 - Citation Quote
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Updated13 December 2016